Meet the AESP team

Jennifer Szaro

Jennifer Szaro

President and CEO

Jen is AESP’s fearless leader. She is a LEED accredited professional whose passion lies in integrating clean energy and efficiency technologies to create a brighter tomorrow. She serves on several boards including IREC and ASES and has authored over forty publications in her twenty-five year career.

Ashley Smith, CAE

Ashley Smith, CAE

Vice President, Member Engagement

Ashley is a dedicated association executive with a passion for non-profit management. She leads AESP’s member engagement efforts from on-boarding, sponsorship, to renewals and more. Ashley is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) signifying her excellence in all areas of non-profit management.

Jenny Senff, PMP

Jenny Senff, PMP

Vice President, Programs and Education

Jenny Senff, PMP, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role as Vice President of Programs and Education. With a keen eye for detail and operational success Jenny is a true asset to the organization. Jenny is a certified PMP with extensive educational portfolio management experience.

Kelly Thorsgard

Kelly Thorsgard

Director, Information Systems

Kelly ensures that all systems are operational at AESP. She is a skilled IT professional experienced in program and cloud management as well as technical program implementations. She is our go-to professional for our association management systems and member data management.

Ian Perterer

Ian Perterer

Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications

Ian loves the challenge of conveying complex ideas to the masses. For nearly a decade, Ian has championed these ideas and contributed to over fifty clean energy publications. At AESP, he leads our marketing efforts including Demand Flexibility Day, AESP’s brand development, and AESP’s State of Demand Flexibility Report.

Jennifer Lee, MBA

Jennifer Lee, MBA

Senior Program Manager

Jennifer leads the development and management of many of AESP’s special programs and committees. She helps members sharpen their technical and soft skills through groups like Topic Committees and our Joule Mentorship Program. You can often find her at conferences leading our Emerging Professionals Group and helping create fanstastic experiences for scholarship winners.

Lauren Beavers

Lauren Beavers

Training Manager

Lauren brings over ten years of experience in education and all the accompanying expertise that a cirriculum leader possesses. As our training manager, she leads the development of live and self-paced learning through the AESP Academy.

Christina Coppotelli

Christina Coppotelli

Senior Coordinator, Membership

Christina’s joy for helping others is what members love about her most. As part of our membership team, she assists members with inquiries, account management, points, and more. You can frequently see her at our in-person events at the registration desk in her element – helping our members.

Jordan Harrell

Jordan Harrell

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Jordan loves to write. And that passion makes her a great fit for our marketing team. Jordan helps craft content for social media, web, newsletters, and email. Jordan can often be spotted at AESP events snapping photos for our social and helping amplify member content online.

Melanie Cohen

Melanie Cohen

Program and Education Coordinator

Melanie leads the day to day coordination of AESP webinars in addition to assisting other members of the programs team with product and program execution. Melanie can often be found at assisting speakers and moderators at AESP events.

Nicole Harlos

Nicole Harlos

Executive Assistant

Nicole helps Jen with day-to-day administrative task that keep our association running smoothly. She manages our CEO’s travel, calendar, and helps in the management of our Board of Directors.

Kavitha Jagadisan

Kavitha Jagadisan

Membership Coordinator

Nicole helps Jen with day-to-day administrative task that keep our association running smoothly. She manages our CEO’s travel, calendar, and helps in the management of our Board of Directors.

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